Greetings from Lima, Peru!
I preached Sunday morning at 8:30 at Catredal de Fe, one of Lima’s great churches, where Arturo Ramos is Sr. Pastor. I shared the potentially anxious moments Marsha and I faced at the airport in Mexico City, then, from Philippians 4:4-7, gave them four guidelines for avoiding anxiety. Six or seven came forward for salvation at the close of the service.
At 11:30 Marsha and I went to Comunidad de Fe, one of our “home churches” in Lima, where our dear friends, Julio and Soledad Romero are pastors. Marsha shared a word from Romans 8:31, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” She reminded the congregation that we cannot be defeated by the enemy when we stand on God’s promises.
Sunday evening we went to Emanuel Bible Church of Zarate’ to spend the evening celebrating a combined Mothers’ Day/Fathers’ Day service. Marsha spoke on “The Qualities of a Good Mother”, and I followed up with “The Qualities of a Good Father”. Following our preaching we prayed for the moms and dads in the congregation, then the pastors, Jose and Raquel Vicente, gave Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day gifts to all the parents.
For those of you who may not know, the pastors of Emanuel are our first adopted Peruvian “kids”. We met them 14 years ago this month at the same conference we are attending this week. They were struggling with a divided church and we were able to encourage them and help bring them to a place of victory. Today their church is thriving, and they recently planted a second campus.
Last night I met with the Lima District pastors of the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, whose conference we are attending this weekend. We had dinner with them following the meeting. We have known many of the pastors there since our first trip 14 years ago, and it was good to see them.
Today we will spend time with the Vicente’ family, then have dinner with our friend, Bernabe’ Ardilas. Then, it’s meeting our ride at 5:30 in the morning for a trip to the airport and off to Trujillo for the conference. Tomorrow evening we will be at Daisy and Primitivo’s church in Trujillo for a special service. Thursday we will prepare for the conference, which begins on Friday.
Thanks for your prayers as we continue the Lord’s work in Peru. Your partnership with us means you share in the rewards of the labor! God bless you and we will report again from Trujillo.